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For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
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By Times Staff
Published September 13, 2006
Bears fan gets shut out of the profits
Randy Gonigam, owner of Gonigam's World Furniture Mall in Plano, Ill., and self-described "huge Bears fan," grew so tired of hearing the Bears brag about their defense, he put his money where their mouths were. Gonigam, above, offered customers free furniture up to $10,000 if the Bears shut out the Packers in the season opener. Four quarters and 206 customers later, Gonigam had given away $300,000 worth of furniture after the Bears' 26-0 shutout, which ended Green Bay's 233-game scoring streak. Gonigam got the idea after hearing linebacker Brian Urlacher say the Bears would have the best defense in the NFL. "As a Chicago sports fan, you get frustrated," he said. "I thought, 'Prove it.' " Customer and expectant mother Kathleen Spayer, 40, went back into the store Monday to make sure her $5,000 master bedroom suite was really free. "It's the luckiest year of my life," she said.
Doping report angers Armstrong
Lance Armstrong bristled Tuesday at a report that two former teammates admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, calling it "a hatchet job ... to link me to doping through somebody else's admission." Frankie Andreu and another former Armstrong teammate who requested anonymity because he still works in cycling told the New York Times they used the endurance-booster EPO to prepare for the 1999 Tour de France, when Armstrong won the first of his seven titles. Neither rider has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and both said they never saw Armstrong take any. "I think it's a pretty nasty attempt by the New York Times to link me to doping through somebody else's admission. You have to read way down in the article until Frankie says, 'I never saw Lance do anything.' "
The Bucs lead 15-11 in the all-time series against the Falcons, including victories in nine of the past 11 meetings. The Bucs won both meetings last season on Matt Bryant field goals.
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Redskins guard Jon Jansen, backing away from an earlier comment that 15 to 20 percent of the NFL uses performance-enhancing drugs:
"What I meant by it was that it was a small number of players. Being a football player, I'm not real good at math."